I went to the aquaruim, because everywhere I go I seem to do that. It was a small, but nice aquarium. Saw lots of species that I havent seen in other aquariums at the time, but I guess I am spoiled by all those colorful tropical reef fish!
This is located just west of Pike Place, along the bay. It's a little smaller than some of the big city aquariums, but I found it to be a pretty good one overall. There is focus on sea animals of the region, but there are also exhibits on seahorses, tropical fish/sharks, and an octopus. You'll probably only need two hours or so to make it through and see everything. Among the highlights are the sea otters, who are a lot of fun to watch.
The location is pretty good, as you are just a steep staircase away from Pike Place. Adult prices are about $12, $8 for kids. Hours vary by season. For more detailed information, check out the website: http://www.seattleaquarium.org/
We didn't have the pleasure of visiting this attraction, but it looked like a nice aquarium and the line was really long, showing how popular it is. In this area, there are lots of great shops and restaurants, such as Red Robin on the pier, the great Pirate Shop where you can also get souvenirs and Christmas ornaments as well as all the pirate goodies you could ever want, Elliott's, and next to the pirate shop, you'll find another arcade and the greatest cookies ever made at the bakery next door.
The Seattle Aquarium isn't as big as the ones in Chicago or San Francisco, nor does it have large mammals such as dolphins or orcas, but it is a decent place to spend a couple hours.
The aquarium is on a pier along the Seattle waterfront. It offers good views of Seattle and the Puget sound.
The aquarium is a decent place for kids. There are several places where you can touch sea creatures such as starfish and even sea cucumbers. There are also some areas for kids to try on scuba gear and another play area.
One of the highlights is a large underwater area where you can look around and up to see sharks, eels, flounder, and other fish swimming around.
Outdoors there are seals and otters with occasional shows (you have to stand to watch though).
The picture shows one interesting exhibit in the aquarium. There is a circular glass tank that contains jellyfish swimming in a circle.
Admission is currently (Jan 2005) $12 for adults, $8 for kids, $5 for young kids, and under 2 free. For about 1/3rd more, you can also see an IMAX film on the premises.
- The Entertainment book often has a 2-for-1 coupon.
- Sometimes the coupon books at the airport have coupons or other visitor centers have coupons.
- If you are going to visit many Seattle attractions, check out this site for savings: http://citypass.com/city/seattle.html
The aquarium houses more than 380 species of birds, fish, invertebrates, and marine mammals. Some of the most interesting features are the 400,000-gallon beautiful panoramic tank, tide pool exhibit, sea otters, water shed, and salmon stream. There is an IMAX theatre next door.
Right down from the Argosy Cruise ticketing booth is the aquarium. It was a good experience over-all (but i come form Singapore where our zoo and under-water world are top notch).
There is the obligatory 'feeling pool', where you get to touch all the squishy creatures like sea-stars, sea cucumbers(?) and other weirdo looking things. The water in those pools are really really cold so be sure to have someone on hand to wipe off the water (on their clothes) and stuff 'em under their armpits to warm those hands up in a jiffy!
The jelly-fish, seadragon and scorpion fish exhibits are my favourites. It was really fun too, trying to chase 'em fish around the tank (with the camera-no flash of course) just to get a good shot. I had a blast! I actually deduced the fish were doing it on purpose.
Ooo ooo, the underwater dome is a great area, though a little foreboding looking- 400'000 gallons of water surrounding you. You'll see heaps of larger fish like sturgeons, sharks and what-not. You'll also find salmon hatchling tanks, otters and seals... These are in a partially-open area so try to go on the day when it isn't raining... I wasn't so lucky.
I had a great day in the aquarium. It's not too big (you'll walk trough at ease in about two hours) but it shows the fauna that lives on the shores and in the ocean around Seattle.
There is an IMAX Dome. There are lots of wonderful chances to see the life of the Pacific Northwest in a realistic habitat.
Located on Pier 59 in an old warehouse, the Seattle Aquarium is small but quite interesting aquarium.
Built on the bay and into the bay. Lots of interesting info on what's in the waters around the Seattle area.
The Seattle Aquarium is a great place to visit, you get to see what the sealife is in the area, as well as a natural underwater trip. Plus they have IMAX